Well, we all have to start somewhere!

So OK, I was dreaming of my big break in Hollywood, a la Harlow, and fine, its a dream. Not going to happen, at least in the sense that movie stars arent discovered in the same way any more. Remember, Jean was dropping someone else off for a shoot, got dared into doing an audition, and the rest, after a few years at least, was history. Just consider, she first auditioned in ’27, got her major break in ’29/’30, and only became a real star a couple of years later, so…even for her, it wasnt instant fame.

And lets face it, she was in her late teens, pretty, slim, and I’m in my 50’s, not a great looker, and not that slim, but…I’m doing an interview in Hollywood! No, not any of the big studios, not any of the big TV channels, but, you never know who sees these things! Maybe, just maybe, someone will be watching, think we’ve got something she could do, and…fame! Fine, probably not, but I can dream!

Story. On Twitter, a lady who I know as a contact there, Alexia, asked for people prepared to be interviewed about creative issues. Well, lets say transgender issues are pretty special to me, and LGBT as a whole as well, so I volunteered. Yes, it will be interesting, and an introduction to the way of these things, but its an online way of getting noticed out there in LA at least. I have no idea how many watch these online offerings, but I can hope, just that one chance, and…At worst, I get chance to talk for 30 minutes or so, on a subject close to my heart!

In all honesty, that will probably be it. My 30 minutes of fame in this life, and that will be it. Of course, it gives me the chance to raise transgender issues for all, including myself, so…it will be doing good for all.

Oh fine, the where, the when. For me, Studio City, not far from Hollywood, for you, online at https://sqeeqee.com/profile/info/1089462 The when, 7th October, at 11.30 am PDT, work out your own time from there. It will be archived, so you can watch it later, but it will be live streamed then!

The video. What I might like to dream I’ll become, and who knows, but I suspect not?

Doubling my job opportunities

Yes, I am still around, I know, been a while. Not really been much to say, but anyway…

The last week or so has been a fine example of improving your job hunting chances. In other words, for me at least, it means dipping my feet in the jobs water, on both sides of the Atlantic.

Yes, a couple of places have advertised for jobs starting in November, so I’ve thrown off a few applications. OK, when one of them came back to me, they actually wanted someone to start a week on Monday, but…a couple of others actually had November starting dates. So, yesterday, off I went for one of those group interview things in Bradford. I thought it went fine, but not heard anything back, so…

The other is in Huddersfield, starting the Monday after I get back, and of course, the online tests were easy for me. Which leads to the phone interview, and those ‘wonderful’ competency questions at the end. From somewhere came 2 brilliant answers, and I now have an assessment thing on Tuesday morning, so the only question now is when I pack, especially as I want to take the ‘interview dress’ with me, just in case.

On the Hollywood side of things, nothing as glam, though you could say I had an, err, interview of sorts this afternoon. Not what I would really call it, but more on that shortly. No, not proper jobs (as such), simply a matter of signing up with various entertainment related agencies in the area, and seeing what develops. Not to say that if a ‘normal’ job came up, that I wouldnt take a chance, but anyway…

Oh, this afternoon. Well, yesterday one of these people saw a picture of me on Twitter, and liked what he saw. Asked for more pictures, so I sent him some. Hey, if that gets me work, whats the effort of attaching a few pics to an email, and sending it off. So, he wants to talk on Skype. So yes, as you guessed, not something I have ever bothered with, so hastily download it. A 2 way chat, in more senses than one. I’m trying to take it in a direction that leads to me getting work, he’s trying to take it off in a cyber sex, and sexy photo direction. Anyway, after an hour or so of this, I make my excuses, and go, so not holding out much hope that I’m going to get serious work there! Ah well…

So thats it, nothing more exciting to tell you, but at least you’re up to date.

The video, what I need an employer to do, though not the Abba version. But, you could say it looks like it, so…

Breaking up is so very hard to do

Yes, I know, its been a while, but in all honesty, there hasnt been a lot of wild excitement to report. But in the sense of what I needed in a break, thats been the perfect situation. Another good reason why nothing has appeared in a week, might be the fact that I would have had to write it, with the laptop perched on my lap, and thats not the best way to do anything like that. Wonderful hotel resort, but the socket positioning was a little interesting lol!

Fine, lets go back a week, and get started…

Last Friday, the trip to the overnight hotel went fine (not sure what went wrong with TPE?), beyond the taxi driver overshooting at the roundabout near the hotel, and going the wrong way round (very briefly, as there was no traffic around), rather than circling around, as most sane people would! Meal was fine, room was fine, so…Oh, amusing moment, I paid just over £56 for the room for the night, good value at the price. So I checked for the night before I fly to Hollywood, just in case, got quoted £141! Wtf! I know its a Wednesday, not a Friday, but even so…Ah well, if Nicole cant get me there, I’ll book a taxi from home on the Wednesday morning! Seriously, I dont mind paying a little extra, for a bit more sleep, but seriously…?

Saturday started fine, and stayed that way until I reached JFK. Yes, I’d read a few bad reports about Immigration process there, but even so…it was shocking! 95 minutes, seriously…? Getting back through security wasnt quick either, and it was about 2 hours in all before I was back in the terminal, waiting for my flight to Boston. Thankfully, I had nearly a 3 hour break, so…phew! Trip on to Boston was fine, met up with Kate as planned, and eventually my case turned up. Actually one of the first, but it took forever for them to start coming through. Then on to Cape Cod, and our hotel for the night. Internet was err, patchy, but otherwise, not too bad.

Then on the Sunday, on to the delight that is the Pelham House Resort, at Dennisport. Seriously, a room with a view over the pool, out on to the ocean, a real delight, as were the rooms. Apart from the esoteric placing of sockets in the room, and (for me at least) the lack of a coffee machine, the place was heavenly. As was the result of the Buffalo Bills game lol.

The rest of the week developed into a wonderful period of gentle travel, and lots of relaxation, just what I needed in fact. Oh, and excellent company in Kate, too. Plenty of food, a delightful massage, and generally just a totally relaxed state of mind, heavenly stuff. Yes, a couple of weeks time, when I’m selling myself in Hollywood wont be quite as relaxing, but this trip has got me in the right frame of mind to really go for it then.

Today, we’ve come back to Boston, as both of us are flying out tomorrow. Her to the Mid West, me back to the UK, though her flight is at a much more crazy time than mine, rather her than me! In fact very soon after I finish this, it will be our last meal together, the final farewells etc, though I’m sure we will talk regularly when I’m in LA. Yes, I know, 11 days after I fly back to the UK, I cross the Atlantic again, to the other side of the country. Maybe if both had been planned at the same time, I might have done things better, but anyway…its all part of the fun!

So thats it, no wild happenings, just a really wonderful, relaxing week, with a great friend. Absolute heaven. Now behave, or I’ll get back to writing blogs whining about job hunting lol, for 10 days or so!

OK, the video. A suitable song, with a neat connection to the Republican Presidential Debate, I, err, experienced on Wednesday, see if you can work it out

Crossing to Cape Cod, New England

Yes, lets get in the holiday mood tonight. Fair thing to do, as looking at matters, this is likely to be the last blog from the UK for a little while. Tomorrow is getting my body ready for the trip day, which at my age, is going to take a while. Friday, I will need to pack, get to the overnight hotel, and not be too late to bed, given I will have to be up reasonably early the next morning, for my 10.15 flight. So yes, next blog should be from Cape Cod.

I have been there once before with Kate, I think it was 3 nights, spent at 2 different hotels, in the same group. Why, because the first hotel had internet in reception, but not in the rooms, not much use for either of us. So they moved us along the coast the next day, to a hotel that fitted our needs, and that was that. A trip to Martha’s Vineyard, a trip out whale watching, and some nice places, and thats about all I can remember. Ironically, this time will also be 2 hotels on the Cape, one for the first night only, as we couldnt get in the planned hotel all week. Then back to a hotel near Boston Airport for Friday night, after a relaxing week.

Yes, a relaxing week. Its fair to say that both Kate and I need a break, though for differing reasons. Her, because work has been crazy, and me, because job hunting has got stressful in the extreme! I must say I’m looking forward to the company, and the break.

And then, after that, get ready for part 2, more of which after I get back.

Fine, the video. This is originally a song from the 50’s, but I’ve found a live version from 2004. And yes, I’m pretty sure she’s singing live. So what, she was 77, and still sounding good, thats what!

Is this the real life, is it just fantasy?

OK, we’ve had far too much of me, and my job hunting, and apartment hunting of late, so lets do something different tonight?

I don’t generally game a lot, other than the odd silly game of 8, and 9 ball pool, on Miniclip, and thats about it. In the dim, distant past, early this century, I did do a little more, but even then, I dont think Tiger Woods Golf, or World Snooker games ever came close to the edge of cutting gaming. Maybe they do nowadays, I’ve no idea. If I say that the last Tiger Woods game I bought was 2005, much the same for any games in fact, and you get my drift.

But yes, as someone with great attraction to all things technical, and virtual, there has always been one thing of interest to me, that I’ve never tried, and thats those virtual reality gadgets. Me, I’m old enough to remember when it first came out, had all the hype going, even in a movie, but saw it pretty much die a death. Why? Possibly because of the cost, possibly because for ‘ordinary folk’, it wasnt available in many places, and where it was, it was horribly expensive, and as a ‘Good Yorkshire Lass’, I’ve never been one for spending money wildly. Oh, alright, in that sense at least! Anyway, the hype died down, VR pretty much disappeared, and I thought that was that.

However in the last few years, it seems to have been revived in a big way, and seemingly, in the near future, people will be able to enjoy a virtual world at home. Gaming lovers, celebrate, I’m sure it will be an amazing experience! No, I have no plans to get hooked on gaming in that sense, most of the games created for it, are pretty much not my thing. And besides, even if I was, its still probably an expense I couldnt justify for myself.

But at the same time, would I love to put on those goggles, put on a VR suit, and find out what life is like in the virtual world, you bet I would! Well, if they want to create an experience where a mad scientist transforms you into a robot, then that would be heaven, but anyway…not likely to happen, and besides, you might struggle to convince me to come back to the real world if that was on offer lol!

Yes, this is tactical planning. The likelihood of me getting the chance to enjoy the VR experience in Huddersfield, unless I buy it for myself, must be virtually nil. But why do I think that some designer, testing company or something similar would be in the LA area (there, pretty much all of October), and in the rash chance that they want to make my dream come true, then let me know, and let me discover what the virtual world is like, even if its only for a short time, please! In terms of what I get to enjoy, I dont care. If its a game situation, I probably wouldnt last long, but I guess it can always be reset, for a little longer?

Personally, if someone wants to devise a situation where I’m in a mad scientists lab, for whatever reason, then yes, would be heaven. Even more so, if something interesting virtually happened to my mind and body! But in all honesty, before I get too old, I just want to see what its like. So, if someone reading this can arrange it, or know someone that can, then please let me know. Only want it once, unless you want to offer more, in which case, I wont say no!

Right, the video. As can be gathered, there is a clue in the blog title. Its not the video though, its a live version, though the intricate middle section isnt performed live, as such. Oh, and another good reason for it, its Freddie Mercury’s birthday, he would have been 69 today, if alive. He was never going to make it this far though, lets face it.